Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill

November 20th, 2007

a natural lyrical gift

Rarefied as Rembrandt,
a student like this appears once

Your Own, Sylvia is probably one of the most accessible biographies for students. Hemphill does a great job presenting the birth and death of Sylvia Plath.

The Beautiful

  1. There are lots of interesting details, presented in a way that is intriguing. (I never would have pictured famous poet Sylvia Plath as a guard on the high school basketball team.)
  2. Each little snippet is a poem – but a fictionalized poem by one of the people that knew her. The above quote is from Wilbury Crockett, her high school English teacher. But what’s extremely cool is that this quote uses words that Crockett actually said.
  3. The accessibility/readability of the book helps to paint a bigger picture of her life and motivations. The footnotes amidst the poems help to put events in historical context.

The Tragic

  1. Sylvia Plath ended her life violently. The book leads up to this, but does not paint it as the focal point of her life.
  2. There are no traditional paragraphs, only poems and footnotes.

Fans of Sonya Sones or Kelly Bingham will definitely enjoy this.

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

November 19th, 2007

What I love about the character of Stargirl is how she struggles to act in unconditional love in each situation. If you are not familiar with the character, Susan Carroway (Stargirl) tries her best to cheer up the people around her. The first book is told through Leo’s perspective as he struggles with maybe having a crush on her, wondering what people think. In Love, Stargirl, Stargirl is writing letters back to Leo.

Take happy stones out of your wagon

  1. There’s not as much funny high school drama. Susan wanders around town to interact with people.
  2. It’s told from Stargirl’s perspective, so it appears like she’s clueless instead of the average person just not knowing what to make of her.
  3. Some people are uncomfortable with a weird protagonist.

Add happy stones to your wagon

  1. Whether it’s the middle-aged woman who won’t leave her house, a widower who sits daily at his wife’s gravesite, or an angry young girl ready to explode.
  2. In the beginning of the book, her dad (who’s up at 4:30 in the morning) leaves a light on for her to find her way home. As she impacts more and more people, more lights come on on the porches to help her get safely home.

Final conclusion: Light-hearted, makes you feel good about living.